FAQ

1. Did Lizzie Borden kill her father and stepmother? While books have been written saying she did the dirty deeds, Lizzie Borden was actually acquitted of the crimes on June 20, 1893. Subsequent mock trials of the case have also reached the same conclusions, based on the evidence submitted. So the question should be phrased: Who killed Andrew and Abby Borden?

2. Was the murderer of Andrew and Abby Borden ever found? No. After the acquittal of Lizzie Borden the police did not investigate the crime further. They were convinced that she was the culprit.

3. Can I visit the house in which the crimes were committed? Yes. The house where Andrew and Abby were killed has been turned into a Bed and Breakfast and Museum. You can take a tour of the house or you can stay the night in Lizzie’s room—you can even sleep on the floor where Abby’s body was discovered, if you have the courage!

4. Is Lizzie’s house on the hill, Maplecroft, open to the public? No. At one time the house’s current owner had turned the place into a Bed and Breakfast, but that is no longer the case. You can drive by and take photos of the outside of the house only.

5. Where is Lizzie buried? Lizzie, Emma, Andrew, Abby, and Lizzie’s mother Sarah are all buried in the family plot at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River. Visiting the grave sites is a must-do part of any trip to Fall River.

6. Why did Emma move out of Maplecroft? No one knows. Theories have been put forth for years, some wildly speculating that Lizzie was living a wild lifestyle and Emma was disgusted by her behavior and party life. However, there is no proof of any of these activities, so the reason for the sister’s separation remains an unanswered part of the mystery.

7. Which books do you recommend to read on the case? My personal favorite is Victoria Lincoln’s A Private Disgrace, but that is mainly because it is well-written, not that I agree with her theory of the case. You will find that most of the British compendiums on murder that include this case are often factually incorrect, so it is advised that you read them at your own risk. Instead of reading a fictional account of the crimes (or a book that purports to be non-fiction) The Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum and Library suggests that you read the primary source material first: the Police Witness Statements, the Inquest, the Preliminary Hearing, and the Trial itself. All of these are now available for sale or as a download on this site.

8. I have written a researched article, poem, short story, etc., on the case and I would like to know if the Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum and Library would publish it? This site accepts manuscripts and works of fiction (including poetry) for submission. If you have something to contribute, by all means contact us!

9. Are there any journals or periodicals that are published on this case? Yes. Only one. The Lizzie Borden Quarterly, edited by Maynard F. Bertolet, has ceased publication. The only journal that investigates the Borden Murders is now The Hatchet: Journal of Lizzie Borden Studies. It is on online magazine. Click here for subscription information.

10. How do I acknowledge this site if I use something from it in a research paper for school or publication?

Koorey, Stefani (Ed.). “Page Title in Quotes.” Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum and Library. Accessed: 14 September, 2008. http://www.lizzieandrewborden.com

11. Why did you do this web site? I and others who study this case are intrigued by the unsolved nature of the crimes. The fact that they occurred 110 years ago during the Gilded Age in American social history makes it a very interesting story. The flavor of the times, the rule of law, 19th Century police investigative techniques, the social milieu of Fall River, Massachusetts at the turn of the Century, the complicated Borden family dynamics, and the peripheral characters and stories related to the case makes this much more than just an exercise for the armchair detective.

12. How large is this site? The Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum and Library is ever evolving, with new pages added regularly. As of this date, July 19, 2002, there are 162 pages and over 1,000 images on this site.

13. Is there a Lizzie Borden discussion board or chat room? Yes. The Lizzie Borden Virtual Museum and Library hosts a discussion forum called The Lizzie Borden Society. You are welcome to lurk or join and post your thoughts and theories on the case. This forum is unique among Lizzie Borden discussion sites in that it is populated by both Borden scholars and laymen, all learning from each other in a polite and supportive way. We are a happy group who are eager to hear what YOU have to say.